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Peacebuilding and Mediation MLitt

University of St Andrews
1 year
Full time
Master's degree
Scholarships available
St Andrews

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Peacebuilding and Mediation MLitt

The MLitt in Peacebuilding and Mediation critically explore the relationship between formal and official peacebuilding and mediation initiatives and informal, unofficial, and community-based efforts. Students will: analyse bottom-up and top-down approaches to conflict mediation; conceptualise peace and its relationship to violence; analyse relationships between formal institutions of peacebuilding and parallel informal or unofficial processes; identify key actors involved in peacebuilding and mediation efforts; engage with bottom-up approaches to building peace; explore feminist and decolonial critiques of formal peace processes; and, critically engage with temporalities and spaces of peace and violence.

The MLitt in Peacebuilding and Mediation is a one-year taught postgraduate program run by the School of International Relations. The MPhil is a two-year taught postgraduate program. The programs showcase the School’s world-leading research strengths in the broad field of peace and conflict studies, including in peacebuilding and mediation of conflict.

Admission requirements

  • A good 2.1 Honours degree in political science, international relations, social sciences or other relevant disciplines. If you studied your first degree outside the UK, see the international entry requirements.
  • English language proficiency.

The qualifications listed are indicative minimum requirements for entry. Some academic Schools will ask applicants to achieve significantly higher marks than the minimum. Obtaining the listed entry requirements will not guarantee you a place, as the University considers all aspects of every application including, where applicable, the writing sample, personal statement, and supporting documents.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content


Students must take the following compulsory modules:

  • Critical Approaches to Peacebuilding
  • Mediation: Community and Global Praxis


Students choose two optional modules.

Here is a sample of particularly appropriate optional modules that may be offered.

  • African Political Thought
  • Agency and Strategy in Non-Western Political Thought
  • Critical Security Studies
  • Gender and Terrorism
  • Global Constitutionalism
  • International Relations of the Modern Middle East
  • Nationalism and Ethnic Conflict
  • Political Economy of Conflict
  • Religion and International Politics
  • Security and Justice Institutions in World Politics
  • Spaces of Securitization
  • Terrorism and Liberal Democracy
  • The Changing Face(s) of Diplomacy
  • The Global Politics of Everyday Life
  • The Military in Politics
  • Theories of Friendship and Enmity

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery

Modules are taught through a mixture of lectures, seminars and tutorials.


For more information about tuition fees, please visit our website.

Continuing studies

Students studying for the one-year MLitt degree may progress onto the two-year MPhil in Peacebuilding and Mediation if they meet progression requirements

Many graduates continue their education by enrolling in a PhD program at St Andrews.

Career paths

Both the MLitt and the MPhil programs purposefully prepare students for career prospectus in a variety of fields. The emphasis on learning mediation and practitioner skills (both programs) and the required research placement in the MPhil program, give the student lateral skills that can be applied after the degree is completed. Students who graduate from either of these programs can expect to go on to work in various professional fields, including:

  • Human rights
  • Law
  • Policy research
  • NGOs
  • Charities
  • International organisations
  • Civil service
  • Academia

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University of St Andrews

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Graduates of St Andrews are highly sought after by employers around the world due to our reputation for excellence. A qualification from St Andrews will help you reach your ambitions and kickstart your career.

Consistently ranked as the best student academic experience in the UK by students in the National Student Survey, your time as a student in St Andrews will be unique and rewarding, leaving you with a prestigious qualification, but also memories and connections to treasure for years to come.

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St Katharine's West
KY16 9AX St Andrews

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